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Activists Clayton Thomas-Müller and Vandana Shiva connect climate and social justice 25.5.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Resh Budhu The Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College invites educational communities and wider communities to explore progressive ideas and critical perspectives on educating and organizing for change in the 21st century. Now, in its fifth year, we focus on the single most important issue of our time, the environment -- and the need to connect climate justice to social justice. On Wednesday May 31, environmental justice activists Clayton Thomas-Müller and Vandana Shiva will speak on this year's theme, Social Justice = Environmental Justice: Rethink! Reclaim! Respect! It's 2017 and eight billionaires own as much wealth as the world's bottom 50 per cent and two-thirds of wildlife will disappear by 2020. Winters have never been warmer and precarious jobs, divisive politics, gender-based violence and urban poverty continue to thrive. More people are being displaced by war and want, while once immortal icebergs melt into the oceans. Are they connected? Of course they are. As Clayton Thomas-Müller ...
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Animal rights activists rejoice that Ringling Bros. circus is now history 24.5.2017 TreeHugger
After 146 years of performing, the public no longer wants to watch animal entertainment acts.
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Woman acquitted for giving water to pigs on their way to slaughter 5.5.2017 TreeHugger
Anita Krajnc will not be fined or face jail time for her "act of compassion" toward animals.
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Trump Isn’t Fighting Human Trafficking, He’s Facilitating It 4.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This article was originally published on  Just Security   In an interview with Bloomberg on Monday, President Donald Trump argued that we need his border wall to fight human trafficking, which he described as “probably worse than it ever was in history, if you think about it.” He added it’s “a problem that you should write something about at some point.” Trump’s reading of history disregards the transatlantic slave trade, but, I agree with him on this last point: More attention can always be brought to the problem, and I applaud any president for raising awareness about it. However, Trump’s focus on it belies the fact that his policies are only exacerbating the situation. Although his executive order on human trafficking, which he signed in February, might suggest that he’s  serious about the issue, Trump should be aware that his “America First” agenda–including aggressive immigration enforcement, the refugee ban, and disengagement from international institutions – has the effect of facilitating the ...
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Craig Bowron: Pilgrimage To The People's Climate March 2.5.2017 Huffpolitics on The Huffington Post
Craig Bowron: Pilgrimage To The People's Climate March
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Pilgrimage To The People's Climate March 2.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Resplendent in its psychedelic-Navajo-patterned upholstery, our quasi-comfortable charter bus rolled out of the Target parking lot and headed east to Washington D.C. We were going to participate in the People’s Climate March, and I decided to embrace the 17-hour drive as an opportunity to go dumb and just ignore my smart phone, opting instead to stare out the window as our ancestors did a decade or more ago. In a few hours, we crossed the Wisconsin River several miles downstream from where the brilliant naturalist Aldo Leopold conceived his land ethic. It was the 1930s, but it was already becoming clear that modern humans could quickly push a piece of land to exhaustion, to a point where it could no longer care for itself, or for us either. Leopold saw that in human terms, land conservation was self-preservation. All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to ...
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PETA Says Polar Bear Died Of 'Heartbreak' After Separated From 'Same-Sex Partner' 25.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is claiming that a polar bear has died of “heartbreak” after being separated from a close companion of over twenty years that the organization is calling a “same-sex partner.”  According to Yahoo News , SeaWorld split apart long-time companions Szenia and Snowflake in order for the latter polar bear to breed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earlier this year. Soon after the transfer, Szenia unexpectedly died  and now PETA is blaming the death on the company’s decision to separate the pair. “Szenja died of a broken heart, PETA believes,” Tracy Remain, executive vice president of PETA, said in a statement . “After losing her companion of 20 years when SeaWorld shipped Snowflake to the Pittsburgh Zoo in order to breed more miserable polar bears, Szenja did what anyone would do when they lose all hope, she gave up.” Dan Mathews, PETA Senior Vice President, echoed Remain’s words, highlighting the fact that same-sex relationships in the animal kingdom are not a ...
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Exposing and Defeating the Fascist Creep 7.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Reid Ross's Against the Fascist Creep is an insightful look at dangerous points of overlap between leftist and fascist ideologies. Fascists, he points out, often gain ground -- through a "fascist creep" or "drift" -- by deploying a form of "ethnocentric socialism" or the sort of right-wing populism seen in the US during the last election. (Image: AK Press) In light of the fact that Donald Trump is president, and that his consigliere Steve Bannon has  publicly expressed  a favorable view of the Italian fascist and SS enthusiast Julius Evola; considering the possibility that the neofascist Marine Le Pen's Front National could win the  2017 elections in France ; and given the explosive violence targeting Muslims, Jews and people of color in the US since Trump's election, the time is certainly right to read and widely discuss Alexander Reid Ross's new book, Against the Fascist Creep (AK Press, 2017). As the title suggests, Reid Ross is concerned here with the "fascist creep," which is related to the idea of ...
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Technology isn't our sole salvation in tackling climate change 29.3.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Mitigation requires systemic social change, not just technological optimism.
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Grizzly Bears Belong In Washington’s North Cascades 9.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The famous conservationist, Aldo Leopold, once observed that “relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like relegating happiness to heaven; one may never get there.” With a newly released plan to restore grizzly bears in Washington’s North Cascades, heaven may have just gotten a little closer for all of us in the Pacific Northwest. Today, grizzlies occupy less than 5 percent of their original range in the contiguous United States. But the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are considering what would be a watershed moment for the species: returning the grizzly to its former prominence in Washington’s North Cascades National Park and surrounding public lands, and you have the opportunity to support this proposal. The North Cascades is one of the largest truly wild areas in the lower 48 states, providing the perfect terrain for grizzlies to thrive. The region encompasses more than 2 million acres of federally designated wilderness and is one of six primary grizzly recovery areas ...
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While Trump Was Dominating In Deep-Red Oklahoma, This Democrat Won A Landslide 9.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As precinct data rolled into his war room at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City last November, Joe Maxwell realized his team had a landslide on its hands. He saw no need to delay the victory speeches, having been up since before daybreak orchestrating a statewide get-out-the-vote operation for what was expected to be a close contest. His team took the elevator to the rooftop bar, where about 50 small farmers gathered anxiously to watch the returns and, they hoped, celebrate. For the previous 14 months, they had battled a so-called “right to farm” ballot initiative, with Maxwell serving as “the general” (to quote his friends) of that campaign. Corporate agricultural interests in Oklahoma hoped the measure would protect factory farming from environmental, food safety and humanitarian regulations. The deep-red state’s Republican governor and every member of its all-GOP congressional delegation backed it. In response, Maxwell, who works for the Humane Society, had helped assemble an opposition force ...
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Choice Words From Scott Pruitt 24.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, addressed the agency’s employees for the first time on Tuesday morning, and a widely reported viewpoint is that he at least tried to be conciliatory. No talk about downsizing or eliminating the agency in this speech. No mention in his remarks of canceling the Clean Power Plan or rolling back water pollution protections. There will be plenty of time for that, after all, once the rumored executive orders come from the White House. Instead, Pruitt talked about baseball, the founding fathers, and the importance of civility. Pretty uncontroversial stuff. Then, right at the end, in the Rachel Carson Room, he quoted the founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir: “Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in.” Here’s how Pruitt interpreted Muir’s words: “We as an agency and nation can be pro energy and jobs and environment. We don’t have to choose.” That’s actually not the choice that will confront the leader of the ...
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An ethicist’s guide to hunting 22.2.2017 Writers on the Range
In an interview, writer and hunter David Petersen says the practice makes us human.
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An ethicist’s guide to hunting 22.2.2017 High Country News Most Recent
In an interview, writer and hunter David Petersen says the practice makes us human.
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An ethicist’s guide to hunting 22.2.2017 Writers on the Range
In an interview, writer and hunter David Petersen says the practice makes us human.
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Sierra Club Response to Scott Pruitt’s Introductory Address and John Muir Quote 22.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, in his introductory remarks to EPA employees, lifelong EPA opponent and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt quoted Sierra Club Founder John Muir.

In response, Michael Brune, Sierra Club’s Executive Director, released the following statement:

“John Muir is rolling over in his grave at the notion of someone as toxic to the environment as Scott Pruitt taking over the EPA.”

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Without One Mention of Climate Change, Scott Pruitt Greets EPA Employees 22.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Newly sworn-in EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, whose nomination was ardently opposed by environmentalists and who is poised to roll back major climate and clean water regulations, addressed his employees for the first time Tuesday afternoon.

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Animal Rights Groups Sue Over Unprecedented USDA Website Blackout 14.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Leading animal rights groups sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday over the removal of animal welfare records from its website early this month. 

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Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy 13.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
what did you do while the planet was plundered? what did you do when the earth was unraveling? — Drew Dellinger We are living in a time of the convergence of multiple cataclysmic forces: runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD), chronic wars and the most grotesque economic inequality ever witnessed on Earth. And all are worsening by the day. Humans have changed the chemistry of the oceans and altered the very atmosphere of Earth. The planet's largest ecosystems are in free-fall collapse as ACD proceeds apace. Racism, sexism, xenophobia and myriad other structural forms of hate are amplifying around the globe as a fascist authoritarian has ascended to the US presidency, the most powerful office in the world. This reality-television star, failed businessman, sexual predator, and hate-and-fear monger is clearly aiming for the fast track toward totalitarian rule. "[The totalitarian leaders'] careers reproduce the features of earlier mob leaders: failure in professional and social life, perversion and ...
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A place for artists on public lands 9.2.2017 Writers on the Range
The connection between art and the American landscape offers new ways to advocate for lands.
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